This week I got an email message from Harald von Langsdorff from Caledon, Ontario, Canada. As many might know, Harald and I have done a lot of rallying together over the years. This past weekend Harald participated in the inaugural Bracks Classic Hill Climb at Inglis Falls, near Owen Sound, Ontario. As far as Harald knows, there has not been a hill climb in Ontario for at least 50 years.
Hill Climbs Have Been Long Missing From Ontario Motorsports
This lack of a local hill climb competition was one of the main reasons for the organizer, Bob DeShane, to make the effort to rejuvenate the idea of a hill climbs in Ontario. For whatever political, socio-economic or ecological reasons, this racing activity has been absent on the Ontario motor sport calendar for too long.
Harald von Langsdorff’s 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA AMG Won The First Hill Climb Held In Ontario In Decades
Not only did Harald take part in the hill climb, he had the fastest times in all four runs up the hill against some very impressive cars. Harald was driving his 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA AMG. This pocket rocket has a 375-hp turbo 2.0-liter four cylinder engine with 332 lb-ft of torque, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. This car is fast! This is the same car that Harald drove, with me as navigator, in the 2016 Rally Round The Erie Canal.
There was a wide variety of cars and motorcycles that entered this hill climb event in six categories.
- Vintage Cars (Pre 1963) V
- Historic Cars (1963 – 1972) H
- Historic Motorcycles (1963 – 1972) HM
- Classic Cars (1973 – 1989) C
- Modern Cars (Post 1989) M
- Modern Motorcycles (Post 1972)
Apparently the Modern Cars class was a last minute addition to the competition which then allowed Harald to enter his GLA AMG.
Some Cars Waiting To Run Up The Hill
There were a wide variety of cars at the hill climb. The car shown below is the development car that American Motors used to prepare the three-car team that won the Team Prize in the 1968 Shell 4000 Rally.
American Motors Rambler Used As A Develoment Car For The 1968 Shell 4000 Rally
The new event coincides well with the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance, held close by on the shores of Georgian Bay which is now in its fourth year. In fact, the Cobble Beach organizers offered preferred entrance and exhibit space for all hill climb cars. The Cobble Beach event promotes itself off the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance saying that it has “larger stones”.
A McLaren CanAm Car At The Hill Climb
I was looking at the results and saw that a McLaren CanAm car has taken part in the hill climb. That must have been quite a sight and sound to behold! That is a very serious race car, but it could not match Harald’s times in the Mercedes-Benz.
Big Block Chevy Power In The McLaren CanAm Car
Wet/Damp Conditions With Slick Tires And Power Would Make For An Interesting Ride
As can be seen from above, the event attracted a wide variety of cars. Also combining this event with the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance should generate good synergy over the years.
This Race Car Looks Like It Would Be Fast
I hope that this event thrives in the future and that the weather will be a little better next time.
The hill climb organizer, Bob is to be applauded to be able to unite local municipalities, sponsors, media and the neighboring public to support this project. The least of his worries were the competitors, who were eager to attend this reinvented motorsports event.
Inglis Falls Gave It’s Name To The Hill Climb
I want to congratulate Harald and thank him for sending some notes and photos that I used in this post.
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